- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio community is planning a public prayer at this week’s high school football game in response to a recent challenge by a group advocating the separation of religion and government.

A resident of Newark, east of Columbus, is behind the planned public demonstration at midfield following the football game at Licking Valley High School Friday night. The school was recently targeted by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation for the T-shirts worn by band members during a performance recently that said “Salvation.”

In a letter, the group said the shirts send the message to non-Christian students that they are outsiders.

The (Newark) Advocate (https://ohne.ws/1v5YxK1 ) reports that the high school principal says any plans for a community prayer are not school sponsored.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://www.newarkadvocate.com

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